Today both teens and adults lead active lives and a variety of sports are a big part of that activity. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and adults have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events annually. Athletes of all ages can be confident that their braces can be protected while playing sports. Orthodontists agree that, yes, you can still play sports with braces as long as you take precautions to protect your braces and mouth with a mouthguard.
Always Use A Mouthguard
All orthodontists recommend the use of a mouthguard when playing sports with braces. Not only should use a mouthguard with contact sports, but with any activity where you may risk falling or having something knock into your mouth. If something hits your mouth, it can break your braces off your teeth and cause injury mouth, lips, and gums hit against braces. You should wear a mouthguard for the following sports:
Choose The Best Type of Mouthguard For Your Braces
If you are an athlete with braces, you should use a different mouthguard than athletes who do not have braces. Without braces, athletes often opt for the “boil and bite” mouthguard. With this mouthguard, you boil the plastic mouthguard form and then while it’s warm, you insert it into your mouth to form a mold around your teeth.
The difficulty is that if you are receiving braces treatment, your teeth will continue to shift as they move into their corrected position. Within a matter of days, your molded mouthguard that once fit perfectly no longer hugs your teeth and braces.
To remedy that problem, your orthodontist should have a special mouthguard designed just for athletes with braces. This mouthguard includes an additional trough that covers your braces as your teeth move into position. This type of mouthguard is usually free from your Denver area orthodontist, so just ask.
Athletes With Braces Can Play Without Fear
Don’t worry about having braces while you’re on the field or court. With a properly fitted mouthguard, your teeth and mouth will be protected from the normal contact that comes with many sports. If you are just thinking about getting braces treatment to begin working on that winning smile, give All About Braces a call. With experienced, skilled orthodontists and friendly, professional staff, they are considered some of the best orthodontists in the Denver area. Multiple locations means there is bound to be one near you. Your first visit is always free, so don’t let sports slow down your quest for that new, healthy smile.